The End of Paper Licenses for Florida General Contractors

A general contractor license is a valuable thing to have when you are pursuing your career goals of working in and on property. For Florida contractors, license requirements mean passing an exam, meeting a list of additional requirements (four years of documented experience in the field, credit report, financial statements, etc.), and then waiting for a paper license to be delivered in the mail.

At Contractors Reporting Services, we understand that you want to get to work as soon as possible. Up until now, when you applied for a new general contractor’s license in Florida or even a renewal, there was often a waiting period of up to two weeks to receive a paper license in the mail.

As of 2018, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be moving the Construction Industry Licensing Board and the Electrical Contractor’s Licensing Board over to a paperless system.

What does this mean for My Florida Contractor’s License?

The news that the DBPR is changing the way licenses are distributed is huge for you as a contractor. No longer will you have to wait two weeks to receive your paper license in the mail; instead you will be able to print out your license at your own personal convenience after the application has been approved. This applies to both new license applications and renewals.

Being able to access your general contractor license via the paperless medium will mean that the time between license approval and obtaining it is slashed almost entirely. There is the potential instant access after your Florida contractor’s license is approved, meaning that you will be able to get to work right away instead of having to wait to receive it in the mail.

For professional contractors, you are already aware of the incredible benefits having a contractor’s license brings to your career. While these licenses are not essential for smaller, handyman-type self-employed individuals, it is illegal to practice construction over a specific monetary value without having at least a general contractor’s license.

Not only is it required for more extensive projects of higher value, but obtaining a paperless Florida contractor license also brings you greater credibility due to the rigorous application process, which in turn allows your earning potential to increase exponentially. Now that your license can be accessed without being printed, you will be able to have it available at any time.

What should I do if I have Questions about my new Paperless License?

We understand that technology is developing rapidly and that the transition can be a little confusing. If you have any questions or concerns about the switch to paperless licensing and what it means for you as a contractor, feel free to call us at 1-800-487-2084 or pay us a visit at our Tampa location,and we will be happy to clarify and address any concerns you may have. We can walk you through the entire process from preparing for your exams to processing any paperwork involved in the process, so get in touch with us today for professional help that will simply the entire process for you.